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In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on October 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Texas swimmer attests to adult stem-cell success

Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 10/2/2009 6:30:00 AM//

swimming olympic iconUse of adult stem cells has helped a swimming champion continue to compete.

Lexi Spann, a swimmer for the University of Texas, suffered a serious shoulder injury which put her on the sidelines. Texas Alliance for Life talked with her.

“It was already hard to deal with not swimming in the national championships,” she shares, “but then to find out that I wasn’t going to get to try out for the Olympics, which has been my life long dream, was extremely depressing.”

Spann’s own adult stem cells were used to treat the injury. “They removed some of my own adult stem cells and then put them into my shoulder during the surgery,” she explains.

The competitive swimmer had to give her shoulder about three months to heal and let the adult stem cells work. Spann was pleased with the results.

“I was surprised, because I missed some training because of my surgery,” says Spann, “but I was able to, at trials, end up going right next to my best time [in the 100-meter breast stroke] — so I was ecstatic to be at that point so fast.” She was able to compete in the Olympic trials and then nationals just as if she were her old self.

Texas Alliance for Life says Spann’s case is another clear example that adult stem cells work in more than 70 diseases and medical conditions, while embryonic stem-cell research has produced no results.


In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 25, 2009 at 9:13 am

7-Time Olympic Medalist Shannon Miller Endorses StemCyte



Decorated Athlete Chooses World’s Leading Transplant Bank for Baby’s Cord Blood

COVINA, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ — StemCyte, Inc., one of the world’s preeminent cord blood banks, today announced that Shannon Miller, a 7-time Olympic Medalist and 9-time World Medalist, has signed an endorsement partnership agreement and will appear in a series of advertising and public awareness campaigns for the company.

Considered “The Most Decorated American Gymnast” by having won more Olympic and World Championship Medals than any other US gymnast, Miller is expecting her first child at the end of October.

shannon-miller-gymnanst“As a former Olympic gold medalist, I’ve always sought out the best and healthiest decisions in life. As my husband and I have begun planning our family’s future, we have been thoroughly investigating the finest decisions for our baby. Cord blood banking was a no-brainer for us, and StemCyte was the obvious choice for where we wanted to store our baby’s cord blood.”

via 7-Time Olympic Medalist Shannon Miller Endorses StemCyte.

Clarification -YOU CAN DO IT! refers to when, in 1996, Bela Karolyi  said to gymnast Kerri Strug (who was limping on one leg and with a look of utter defeat on her face) : “You can do it. You can do it. You better do it.”

She won gold. 1996_kerri_strug

While that was not Shannon Miller, it WAS one of the most memorable gymnastics events in the past 2 decades.

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